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Volunteers at Blackrock Hospice

Jim Hoare
Siobhan Semple

My name is Jim Hoare and I have been volunteering at Blackrock Hospice for the past six years. When I retired from a career in banking, I felt I had more to give and didn’t want to just play golf, travel and live a sedentary lifestyle. Blackrock Hospice was the first place I applied to as a volunteer. Initially I was informed that there were no vacancies available unless I was interested in a position as a receptionist at weekends. I jumped at the opportunity as I like meeting people.

The job is varied – sometimes I may have to locate the doctor on call and pass on information from a particular patient who may be at home at the time. Then there is the moment when the undertaker might ring to ask what time would it be convenient to collect the remains of the person who passed on during the previous night. I also receive donations from groups and individuals and issue a receipt for same. I take first time visitors to the wards personally, introduce them to the staff on duty and show them where the canteen is located.
The feeling I get when entering a place where people come to spend their last days is one of serenity and peace. There is a wonderful feeling of respect, dignity and divine love in the building and the energy I am sure is from the angels looking after everybody.

I am sometimes called upon to read a book or the paper for someone. This often spills over into a chat about anything under the sun.
I know the patients are grateful for the service the hospice provides and the staff of the hospice are grateful for those of us who give of our time to volunteer in whatever capacity.
I wish to continue my volunteering services by applying the skills I have developed over my working career.

Jim Hoare

I am married to Bob and am the mother of 3 grown up children. In 1996, 2 years after my mum died from cancer, I joined Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services in Harold’s Cross as a volunteer and then in 2006 I moved to Blackrock Hospice as it was closer to home.

I am an evening volunteer, which means I arrive in after the kitchen staff have gone home at 6.00pm and stay for 2 hours. My main task is to be an extra pair of hands for the nursing and caring staff. I visit each patient (there are 12 rooms) and offer them and their visitors a cup of tea. I find it is often the visitor that appreciates the tea more than the patient, as they may be sitting with their loved one all day long. I will also do any general tidy up in the sitting rooms and the 2 bedrooms that are there especially for families. If a nurse or carer recognises that a patient would like to chat to someone or perhaps have a paper or book read to them, I am there to do so.

What I love most about volunteering in the Hospice is that I leave the busy world behind and enter a space of calm and peace. I love the way the staff – who must be run off their feet at times – know each patient individually and act with such care, compassion and love. People say to me the hospice must be a very sad place to volunteer in, but nothing could be further from the truth. If I were to advise any new volunteers I would say, be yourself. Life in the hospice is very normal for the patients, who are encouraged to live life to the full and our role as volunteers is to help them do so.

Siobhan Semple

By | January 26th, 2017|Categories: Volunteer Story|0 Comments

E-Learning: Check out our Online Courses

Managing Older Peoples’ Pain using a Palliative Care Approach

Duration: 2 hours

Cost: €25

Target Audience: Health Care Professionals involved in the care of older people

This e-learning programme provides an introduction to the delivery of holistic and evidence based pain assessment and management in the older person, using a palliative care approach.

The course has interactive content throughout and is composed of three sections:

1. Palliative Care and the Older Person

2. Assessment of Pain in an Older Person

3. Management of Pain in an Older Person

The programme will provide participants with opportunities to:

  • Describe the holistic principles and practice of palliative care for older people
  • Classify the different types of pain
  • Determine how to optimally assess pain in older people
  • Describe evidenced-based analgesia options for managing pain safely in older people

There is a €25 fee for taking this course, which you can pay using your credit or debit card via the PayPal option once you have registered for the course. You do not need to have a PayPal account to use this facility, simply choose the “Don’t have a PayPal account” option.

If you wish to pay via cheque or require an invoice, please contact the Education & Research Centre at Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services at education@olh.ie or call 01 4068810.

Click here to register / log in to the course

Psychosocial Care for People with Motor Neurone Disease

Duration:  1 hour 20 minutes plus (20 minutes per module)

Cost: Free

Target Audience: Healthcare professionals and people providing care for people with MND

Accreditation: The programme has been awarded 4 CEUs from An Bord Altranais and it is accredited by IASW. Applications are currently pending with other bodies

Psychosocial care is care that is concerned with the psychological and emotional well-being of the person with MND. Everyone associated with the care of people with MND can offer psychosocial care. This resource explores the psychosocial challenges and approaches that can be used to address them. This resource explores the following questions:

  • What is MND, how does it progress and is there a support network for healthcare professionals?
  • What are healthcare professionals’ experiences of providing care for people with MND? What are the care experiences of people with MND like and what are their preferences for care?
  • What are the communication challenges when providing care for people with MND? What approaches can support people with MND and healthcare professionals in providing care?
  • What are the psychological challenges for people with MND? As a healthcare professional what approaches can support the person with MND?

This online course has been developed by healthcare professionals in Our Lady’s Hospice Care & Services, MND Centre Beaumont Hospital and Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association. The Irish Hospice Foundation financed the course development and AIIHPC supported ELearning development.

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By | January 3rd, 2000|Categories: Course|0 Comments

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By | January 2nd, 2000|Categories: Course, Dementia, Gerontology, Rheumatology, Spirituality|0 Comments